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On the 14-15 November 2017, ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre organized the 53rd ESReDA Seminar entitled Enhancing Safety: the Challenge of Foresight in Ispra, Italy.

The seminar offered a technical programme with four keynote speeches from:

‒     Fabiana Scapolo, European Commision Joint Reserach Centre, Belgium;

‒     Ana Afonso, European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy;

‒     Antonio d’Agostino, European Union Agency for Railways, Valenciennes, France;

‒     Lorenzo Fiamma, European Maritime Safety Agency, Lisbon, Portugal.

There were also 23 other presentations made by stakeholders from universities, research centres, industry, government service and safety authorities. They topics addressed were foresight related from various perspectives: safety, risk assessment, scenarios, resilience, horizon scanning, early warning signals, database management, whistle-blowers, knowledge management, big data, data visualisation, etc., and from various industries: nuclear, chemical, electricity, food, maritime, railroad and aviation. These presentations were grouped in nine sessions as follows:

‒     Transferring foresight approaches to the safety domain

‒     Foresight challenges in safety management

‒     Foresight and technology

‒     From risk analysis as input to foresight

‒     Tools and methodologies

‒     Foresight for safety management

‒     Early warning signs: Understanding threats through monitoring

‒     Learning from experience to improve foresight in safety

‒     From database management to foresight

There were 57 participants from 15 countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States).

The final proceedings of the 53rd ESReDA Seminar are available for download (click to download), in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.